Occasionally, you have to punch fear in the face.
Admit it. There is something that you have been wanting to do for some time now but haven’t started.
Sitting over here at my desk, I don’t have a clue what that might be. But I do know that you need to get started. What’s holding you back?
Maybe you don’t even say them out loud, but is it one of these ten excuses?
- I don’t have enough time!
- People might laugh at me.
- I’m not ready.
- It’s not the right time.
- There’s too much competition already.
- It won’t work.
- I don’t know how to start or what to do.
- I’m scared of the success. It just might work.
- I don’t have enough money.
- I don’t have the right connections.
Is your lame excuse on the list? If not, throw that one in the ring too.
Label Your Fear
Like any self-help process, the first thing you need to do is admit there is a problem. This starts by labeling your fear.
Can you name it?
Let’s say your excuse is that you “don’t have enough time”. This is probably the most common. Not having enough time isn’t the problem.
The issue here is one of priorities.
Think about all the time wasting moments you have in your day. Dropping snarky remarks on Facebook. Watching reruns of Friends. Playing video games. Mindlessly scrolling through your social media feeds for that dopamine kick.
What is the fear you have with avoiding this stuff? That you won’t have time to goof off? Really?
Get Behind Your Motivation
The reason why you are avoiding getting started is that you haven’t gotten behind your motivating factor to succeed. If we want something bad enough, we will climb any mountain to get it.
This is what gets us up off the couch to start exercising, starting that podcast, writing your book, or finally learning grandma’s secret chocolate cake recipe.
So what’s your motivating factor here? Are you afraid you don’t have one?
Is that your fear?
Start Before You Are Ready
You don’t have to fully commit right off the bat. Getting going with something often requires some baby steps.
Don’t worry about how tiny the steps are. The first step could be ordering a book. Talking to an expert for ten minutes. Watching a video. Writing out a list on the back of an envelope.
Even if you don’t think you are ready yet. That’s ok. Start exploring by gathering information. What do you need? Where is the best source? Who do I know?
1,000 Mile Journey
They age-old saying is “A 1,000 mile journey begins with the first step.” You can’t be fearful for taking that step. Just do it.
Commit to the journey. Sure, that final destination might look scary now, but don’t worry about that. Don’t give in to that fear. Instead, work on what you can do for the next ten minutes.
Then, do another ten minutes. Keep going.
Don’t give into distraction or fear. Put in the work.
Actions reveal priorities.
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Frank Herbert
“Have no fear of perfection, you will never reach it.” – Salvador Dali
“Find out what you are afraid of and go live there.” – Chuck Palahniuk
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